Wednesday at 12 p.m., AARP offered up both problems and solutions concerning Medicare and Social Security, and then asked what people thought about these issues.
Around 35 people were registered to attend the meeting at the Custer Senior Center. The event was free, and people received lunch and a presentation.
According to AARP, 20% of South Dakotans get all of their income from Social Security, and 50% get half their income from Social Security.
Scott Musser, the acting director for AARP South Dakota, says that's why it's important to go across the state and talk with people about proposed changes in Social Security and Medicare. The goal is to educate and empower people to make changes in Washington. "What we call these is 'You've Earned a Say,' and what it is, is these people have been paying to Social Security, now they're receiving and they should have a say," said Musser.
Wednesday's stop in Custer was the tenth out of 11 on AARP's schedule. Thursday the last meeting takes places in Rapid City. The session is full, with around 100 people, but interested people can pick up an information packet in the Rushmore Mall.